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Auckland floods: 400 homes still without power, 11 rescued after storm

Heavy rains have hit western Auckland. Floods at two drive-through vaccination centers.As a result, at least 60 homes were evacuated, and 11 people were rescued by Surf Life Saving.

Vector confirmed. Equipment At 10pm, 400 customers were still without power in Bethels Beach and Paha, but the company expected power to be restored in both areas by Tuesday evening.

Meanwhile, the Met Service has reissued the Orange Alert for the North, with up to 140 mm of rain expected in some eastern areas.

A spokesman for Vector said: “Our staff has been working day and night and has been able to quickly restore power to most of the shutdowns across the region.”

“They are on site in two areas working as fast as they can to regain power.”

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The spokesman said floods, landslides and fallen trees had delayed access to the area.

We also had to fight with two trees that fell on the wheel line, the other was coming down as we were about to restore power after repairing the damage caused by the first.

Low-level strong winds, visible in orange, have been blamed for overnight flooding in Auckland.

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Low-level strong winds, visible in orange, have been blamed for overnight flooding in Auckland.

Re-confirmation of Orange Alert for Northland.

The Met Service confirmed its Orange Alert for the Northland areas from Russell South at 9 p.m.

The forecaster has forecast heavy rains from now until Wednesday night, with 80-120 mm of rain forecast in most areas.

Up to 140 mm was possible in some places, especially in the eastern areas.

The maximum intensity would be 15 to 25 millimeters per hour, but a rate of 25 to 35 millimeters per hour was possible.

“Heavy rains can cause canals and rivers to overflow. Superficial flooding and slippage are also possible and driving conditions can be dangerous.

Gerard Barrow, a meteorologist with the Met Service, said Russell residents in Wangori should be especially careful.

“It’s already 70 mm in Wangori before 3pm today,” he said.

The rain band is likely to move northward during the day.

“The danger is due to the slow moving nature of the rain band.”

Rescue workers join the Tapu RD in West Auckland on Tuesday morning, rescuing a man from the roof of a shed.

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Rescue workers join the Tapu RD in West Auckland on Tuesday morning, rescuing a man from the roof of a shed.

The damage was reported Tuesday morning.

The extent of the damage became clear early Tuesday. By 10 a.m., Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Fire and Emergency New Zealand had participated in 370 bad weather events.

He said the state of emergency eliminates the need for the current alert level 4 in the region.

“The most important thing is to keep people safe. Of course, we understand that the situation will mean some bubbles, the need to join other families as needed just because they need shelter.”

Eleven people are being rescued by Surf Life Saving Search and Rescue (SAR) squads, including a 70-year-old woman from Kamio.

Mori Y Volunteer Life Saving Patrol and Merangi BSAR Squad personnel were responding from 5.30 am.

Surf Life Saving reported that there were trees and fences hidden in the floodwaters, which had to be carefully removed to reach the 70-year-old woman’s property near Orla Road at 2 p.m.

Two men, aged 45 to 60, were rescued on Tapu Road at 6.30am.

A West Auckland firefighter uses a cake to try to reach the cut-off home on Wycker Road.

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A West Auckland firefighter uses a cake to try to reach the cut-off home on Wycker Road.

One was rescued from the top of the shed, and the lifeguards had to remove the girls from the other shed’s window to save the other. He was deep in the water, and had been trapped since 10 p.m.

The Mori YSAR Squad rescued a couple, their baby and their dog from a property in Rangold Place and a woman, her two teenage sons and two family dogs and a cat from a property in Punotage Place.

Surf Life Saving said the welfare of residents of Joyce Adams Place, Matwa Road, Topaki Road, Crawford Way, Riverhead Road and Kevitahi Road was examined.

Search and Rescue Supervisor John Michael Swanks said the day’s efforts showed that the lifeguards have shown great commitment to their communities.

A woman and a working dog move stock from a flood-proof paddock in Wycombe, Auckland.

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A woman and a working dog move stock from a flood-proof paddock in Wycombe, Auckland.

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Part of SH16 near Bradley Road has been closed due to flooding. Police announced shortly after 5pm that motorcyclists had to follow traffic management instructions in the area and that delays were expected.

Waking up to the floating fairy tale.

Paul Bucton, a peacock local, floated on the water in front of him to find a pre-fab house.

This happened in 2017.“And it was bad, but it’s worse than that,” Bucton said.

“Neighbors’ driveways are flooded, footbridges have been destroyed, it’s just crazy here.

“The water is so powerful, it’s like rapids trying to get me out. My father has lived here for 65 years, he said, adding that this is the worst incident ever.

All areas, including Helensville, Camus, Henderson Valley and Ranoi, were flooded. An evacuation center will be set up at 6 Henderson Valley RD. For those who go out of their homes.

At the Auckland Dairy Flat, Lane Hackett and her husband woke up to find their horses in the floodwaters.

About 7 a.m. I woke up to a text from my daughter asking if the horses were OK.

Paddocks filled up overnight at Lian Hackett's dairy flat.

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Paddocks filled up overnight at Lian Hackett’s dairy flat.

“I didn’t realize how bad the flood was, so I looked out the window and then immediately ran outside.”

Hackett said his property was about 80 percent flooded, and while a small amount of flooding was common in heavy rains, he would never have seen it that way.

“We went into the water to get the horses out, because they were trapped.

Lian Hackett / provided.

Liani Hackett, who lives in a dairy flat, spent Tuesday morning rescuing her horses from floodwaters on her property.

“Two of them are semi-wild, so it was a very stressful mission.”

The horses were cold and suffocated, but Hackett said they are now safe in a paddock above the property.

Johnny Mills, owner of Bridgestone Coma, said the flooding was a “kick in the teeth” and that he would have to deal with something else at the top of the coveted lockdown.

Mills’ business was under water when he arrived early Tuesday morning.

He owned it for six years and did 30 more jobs there, saying he had never seen a flood like this.

Johnny Mills, from the Bridgestone Tire Store in Kami, has a kappa standing in the floodwaters inside his workshop.

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Johnny Mills, from the Bridgestone Tire Store in Kami, has a kappa standing in the floodwaters inside his workshop.

Mills said the floor of his workshop was filled with water, and he could see a piece of garbage floating in front of him.

In Wycombe, a group of farmers sit on a paddleboard with a working dog in floodwaters as they pull stock out of flood paddocks.

The flooding means Auckland’s two drive-through vaccination sites at Trust Arena and Auckland Airport Park and rides were not open until 11am.

A car sank in floodwaters in Tapaki.

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A car sank in floodwaters in Tapaki.

Earlier, the Auckland Civil Defense said people should be “ready to evacuate” if they live in the flood-affected area.

“The evacuation meets the requirements of any Code-19 alert level to stay at home.

“If possible, stay two meters away from others and if it is safe to do so.

Firefighters received about 4,400 calls regarding flooding in West Auckland overnight.

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Firefighters received about 4,400 calls regarding flooding in West Auckland overnight.

“Cover with a mask or face and take warm clothes, essentials for yourself and your family and any essential medicines.”

Heavy rain is expected to continue through Tuesday, Meteorologist Stephen Glacier said.

“It’s quite unusual to get this intensity of rain, and it’s expected to continue until noon.”

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A pair of jet skis can be seen in the floodwaters at Punotage Place in Hopai.

Heavy rain was monitored on Monday, which was later upgraded to a heavy rain warning, Glacier said.

“It was difficult to predict, and the northern and western parts of Auckland have been the hardest hit.”

The torrential rain is expected to continue throughout the day and will subside in the afternoon and clear by evening, Glacier said.

Vatican Councilor Shane Henderson said he would like to share his praises for Auckland Emergency Management “who are doing a great job with flooding here in West Auckland”.

Henderson said the streets had been evacuated, but reports so far said everyone was safe.

This is an emerging situation and so far about 60 houses have been evacuated, mainly in the Henderson Valley area.

Floodwaters flowing through a property in Kamma.

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Floodwaters flowing through a property in Kamma.

Henderson said the Henderson Council Chambers are being converted into temporary shelters, while police and firefighters are inspecting properties in the area.

“Bring your necessities, a phone and a mask if you need to evacuate. Call 111 immediately if you’re in danger, and stay in touch with others in the community,” Henderson said.

New World Comey advised customers that it would remain closed “until further notice” due to flooding and road closures in the area, while Tita Countdown would remain closed Tuesday morning while its roof was being assessed.

Stocks stranded on Swanson property after flood.

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Stocks stranded on Swanson property after flood.

Road closure:

– SH16 River Head Rd and Matua Rd closed at Kumeū.

– Topaki RD Bridge is closed in Topaki.

– Pooks Rd / Candia Rd intersection is closed at Rānui.

– Bethelis Rd Te Aute Ridge closed with a slip west of Rd.

Scene Report of slipping between Doctor, Mountain Rd and Piha Rd.

– Township RD, Whitaker, slip report

– Slip off Mountain RD, Henderson Valley between Pre-Falls and Turinga RD

– Report of 2 km slip west of Paha RD, Sink Doctor.

– T-Hunga RD, closed by slip near Falls RD in Whitkier.

– Viapo RD, closed with a slip in the air.

– Hoya Rd, closed by slip near Hoya Dam Rd in Hoya.

At 10 a.m. Tuesday, the North Piha campground was still heavily flooded.

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At 10 a.m. Tuesday, the North Piha campground was still heavily flooded.

Monday evening, Auckland experienced more than 600 lightning strikes., And 23 mm of rain was recorded in Helensville between 7pm and 8pm.

The rains have raised the level of Auckland’s water supply dams. Below average.

The total reservoir of the dam increased from 64.9% on Monday morning to 72.1% on Tuesday morning. The level was still 89.6% well below the full historical standard.

However, WaterCare said the flooding was due to sewage flow and the closure of the Vaticare water treatment plant. The Vatican Dam will be closed for 24 hours due to different water quality.

Chief Executive John Lamonte said dirty water was flowing after the sewer network was submerged in stormwater.

“Our staff can’t deal with these overflows until the floodwaters recede, but please report any flow on our website – we’ll clear it as soon as it’s safe to do so,” he said.

“It may take longer than usual, especially with more rain expected and our backlog growing.”

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